Spiritual Gifts Workshop — Which gifts have you been given?

Do you know your “Spiritual Gifts”?

If you’re baptized, then you’re “spiritually gifted”!  There are no exceptions, so the question becomes: which gifts have I been given?  What does God want me to do with them?  (Examples range from the ordinary (service, leadership, music, hospitality) to the extraordinary (prophecy, voluntary poverty, discernment of spirits).)
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The Called & Gifted Workshop is happening at St. Monica’s in Berwyn on Friday 6/2, 7:00 – 9:30pm and Saturday 6/3, 9:00am – 4:00pm.    $60 covers lunch and materials.  Deacon Greg, DRE Lauren Joyce, and multiple parishioners will be attending!  We hope you’ll prayerfully consider joining us!
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by Lauren Joyce

Happening @ MDP: First Communion & May Procession!

We celebrated the First Communion of 48 parish children this year!  May they always be close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Here at MDP, we bring our children to Jesus in the sacraments!

Our annual May Procession was held after the Sunday Liturgy, and even a bit of rain couldn’t dampen our love for our Blessed Mother!

Medina Professional Photography Solutions handled our photography.  To see Carlos’s work or hire him for your next event, go to his website here.

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by Lauren Joyce

The Paschal Joy of Easter!

Deacon Greg Maskarinec’s Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

We all have our pet peeves…things that annoy us.  One of my pet peeves is someone not giving me a direct answer to a question.  They give a detailed background, possible answers and all the implications.  For those of you who know me you’re probably thinking, “Look who’s talking!”  Yes, I often find myself doing the same thing!

Another of my pet peeves – and let me be clear that it’s something that I too sometimes fall into the habit of – is the way we sometimes treat the Church’s Liturgical seasons.  For example, we wish people a Merry Christmas on December 25th and on the morning of December 26th or 27th we drag our Christmas trees to the curb and rush off to the Mall to return the “much appreciated” gifts from our loved ones.

Or consider how some of us begin the Easter Season a little early.  Out of fear that we won’t see each other on the Day of Resurrection we began exchanging the Easter greeting during Holy Week; after the Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, after Jesus’ Passion and death on Good Friday, and on Holy Saturday or the day of the Great Silence.  And some of us end the Easter Season a little early.  On the Friday after Easter I greeted somebody with the words “Happy Easter” to which he replied, “You’re 5 days late!  Wasn’t Easter last Sunday?”  We sometimes forget that the Easter Season doesn’t start until the celebration of the Easter Vigil and it doesn’t end until Pentecost Sunday.   In fact, in the words of Saint Athanasius the 50 days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to the Sunday of Pentecost are celebrated as one “great Sunday”.  So it’s really not appropriate to wish someone Happy Easter during Holy Week!   And if you don’t get a chance to wish somebody Happy Easter on Easter Sunday, or even if you already have,  you can say it without feeling awkward all the way to Pentecost Sunday! Continue reading

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by Susan Dugary

PREP/CCD Children’s Ministry – Registration Now Open!

PREP/CCD: Helping Our Kids Grow Towards God

Our PREP/CCD program is enthusiastic about helping kids live as Disciples of Jesus Christ in the communion of His Catholic Church.  We prepare children for their sacraments, coach them as they learn to pray, and equip them with the skills to use and love the Bible and Catholic Catechism.  All MDP K-8th graders are most welcome!

To register your child, please fill out the Registration Form here and mail, email, or drop off to the parish, Attn: Religious Education.  Our DRE Lauren Joyce will be in touch to set up a meet and greet and answer any questions you may have!

For more information, contact Lauren Joyce at 610-337-2173 or LJoyce@MDPparish.com.

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by Lauren Joyce

“I know My sheep!”

This Easter season has been filled with miracles, revelations and works; all to demonstrate the saving power of God.

We see these works through the poorer and in ordinariness of simple living. The sacramental life of the suffering members of our parish show us what it means to be created in the image and likeness of a God Who was born lowly and suffered dishonorably.

By becoming one of us, the Son of God reaches into our bodies and raises them up so that we can become vehicles for human redemption. Jesus, the Good Shepherd understands our struggles, our feelings of alienation and fear, our arrogance and ignorance and still gathers us up like lost sheep and rests us on His shoulders. He carries us to communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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The Eucharist is a mystery of Faith!

In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, John Paul writes: “The Eucharist is a mystery of faith” that rises above our human understanding so much so that the only way we can respond is to surrender: to abandon ourselves to do the Will of God in our lives.

The fact that we believe that Jesus exists in the form of Bread and Wine is awesome and acknowledges for the world that God and Man do meet and do encounter one another every day right here on our Altar.

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by Father Cioppi

Vacation Bible School registration now open!

Calling all kids for a week of fun & faith!

2017 VBS Registration Form
(Send to the MDP Parish Office, Attn: VBS)

Kids entering K – 5th grade are invited to join us on June 26-30, 9am – Noon, for Vacation Bible School!  We will explore how we are “CREATED BY GOD – BUILT FOR A PURPOSE” and enjoy time for music, sports, crafts, and prayer!

Students entering 6th – 12th are invited to be “camp counselors.”  Adults 18+ needed to chaperone.  Contact Lauren Joyce with questions: 610-337-2173 or LJoyce@MDPparish.com.

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by Lauren Joyce

Catholics are fundamentally a sacramental People

The readings today lead us to a God Who always desires for us to remain in communion with Him and if we sin, that we seek in sacramental ways the mercy and reconciliation necessary to achieve reunion with Him.

We are, a sacramental People and as Catholics we depend on these seven ‘outward signs’ as the conduit of God’s grace. If we deny the sacraments we deny our hope for eternal life.

The Gospel today gives us Thomas, the doubter, who represents us in our frailty and sin. He who could not see with his own eyes the truths proclaimed to him, refuses in his own human stubbornness to believe that Jesus had been raised

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by Father Cioppi

This Week @ MDP – Holy Week!

Thank you to all those who prayed with us during Holy Week – Christ is Risen, Alleluia!

Special congratulations to the five women baptized this Easter, as well as the other three who will be Confirmed soon!

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by Lauren Joyce

“He is not here. He has been raised!”

“He is not here. He has been raised!”  With those words our lives have been changed forever. “It is now no longer I who live…Christ lives in me.”

This message burst forth from the mouths of the Twelve lighting up a darkened world, saddened by sin and spiritual sloth.

The same message reverberates through a new generation of believers, igniting the Church with a spark that reaches the darkest corners and nourishes its most impoverished dwellings. He is risen!  Alleluia!

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by Father Cioppi